11 Sunrises To Catch The Start Of Spring

11 Sunrises To Catch The Start Of Spring

yourself up before the crack of dawn is no easy feat and
it’s especially difficult on holiday – but a tranquil sunrise view
in a foreign destination can be worth the hassle. Whether prepping
for a day full of exhilarating adventures ahead or bound to crawl
back into bed once the sun comes up, these locations are worth
waking up extra early for.

Joshua Tree

California, US

Joshua Tree sits where the Colorado and Mojave deserts collide.
The national park is distinguished by its yucca palms and has a
reputation as a sanctuary for artists and freethinkers. Head to
Keys View – the highest point in the park – to take in panoramic
sights of the Coachella Valley (minus the festival revellers) at

Lake Shoji

Tokyo, Japan

Arrive early to the smallest of the Fuji Five Lakes and you’ll
be treated to a golden sunrise with a completely unobstructed view
of Mount Fuji. You’ll also avoid crowds and leave feeling utterly

Table Mountain

Cape Town, South Africa

This flat-topped mountain towering over Cape Town is best
visited in the morning hours before hoards of tourists roll in. You
can reach the top via cable car or a long, but scenic, hike.


Santorini, Greece

With its distinct whitewashed buildings, steep winding pathways
and volcanic beaches, Santorini is Greece’s most snapped island.
Its blue-dome skyline is instantly recognisable but its dramatic
cliffside are diverting our gaze. Head to the latter to watch the
sun come up.

Vista Chinesa

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you’re longing for an impressive mountain-top view of Rio but
you’re not too keen on sharing the moment with a crowd eager to see
Christ the Redeemer, Vista Chinesa is the place to scope out. The
little pagoda perched in Tijuca National Park delivers views of the
south coast and serves as a more serene alternative to Corcovado
and Sugarloaf Mountain.



For a country renowned for its natural beauty, it’s not exactly
a shocker that Iceland is home to some spectacular waterfalls.
Seljalandsfoss is unique in that visitors can walk behind the falls
– add in a stunning Icelandic sunrise and you’re set to ‘gram.


Hawaii, US

On the island of Oahu you’ll find the gem of Makapu’u, home to
tide pools and a paved trail that leads to a lighthouse overlooking
the sea. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot humpback whales from one of
the viewpoints.

Ha Long Bay


Located in North Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin, this natural wonder
contains thousands of (mostly) uninhabited limestone islands topped
with lush forests. Ha Long Bay is hailed for being one of Vietnam’s
top spots to watch the sunrise – orange skies melting into emerald
waters is an ethereal sight. Take our word for it.

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Wharariki Beach

Puponga, New Zealand

Wharariki Beach stands out from the sandy crowd for being home
to Archway Islands, a group of rock formations constructed by wave
erosion. Not only does the beach exhibit views difficult to match
anywhere else, but its caverns and cliffs are ideal for

Lofoten Islands


You can catch the Northern Lights eight months a year at this
Norwegian destination, but its stunning natural scenery should be
reason enough to visit any time of year. The islands of Lofoten
provide a perfect backdrop for watching the daybreak before hiking
and kayaking.

Angkor Wat

Siem Reap, Cambodia

This Buddhist temple is one of the world’s most beloved
religious monuments and it’s easy to see why. Angor Wat’s
unrivalled beauty paired with surrounding nature joins to create a
picture perfect moment as the sun comes up.